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How To Use The Ping Command

How To Use The Ping Command

This guide will teach you how to Ping an IP Address.
Ping is one of the most common network diagnostic tools. Hint: Ping sends a signal to the IP Address that you specify, and listens for a response. If a response is received it logs the amount of time it took for the packet to go from your computer to the destination IP Address and back.

Step 1) Open the Command Prompt/Terminal

Windows Command Prompt:
1) Open your Start Menu and go to "Run", or use the HOTKEY Combination WINKEY+R
2) In the RUN box type in "cmd" without the quotes, then hit Enter or click "OK"

Mac Terminal:
1)Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal

Step 2) Running the Ping Command

From your Command Prompt/Terminal type:
Then hit the Enter/Return key to run the command.

For instance, if your IP Address is you would type:

Output from a successful Ping with no connectivity issues should look similar to this:


Pinging with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=53ms TTL=62
Reply from bytes=32 time=56ms TTL=62
Reply from bytes=32 time=52ms TTL=62
Reply from bytes=32 time=55ms TTL=62

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 52ms, Maximum = 56ms, Average = 54ms

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